Not all of us are lucky to have large, spacious studios or apartments. So, you have to work with what you’ve got. In this video from Adorama, Miguel Quiles will show you how to create wonderful soft light in a tiny space, using only one light source.
I’m a firm believer that every space has a story to tell. Not every space (or story) is going to be glamorous or elegant; some places may be dated, downright trashy, or even worse, super boring withpe no personality (think of all those beige rooms in early 90s mcmansions…). But I think there is a concept for every space if you can stretch your imagination.
After Effects is probably my favourite tools in the Adobe Lineup. Essentially, it is for video what Photoshop is for stills. It has a whole lot of very powerful features to let you animate, composite, and otherwise manipulate your video footage. It also lets you do motion graphics, camera tracking, and a host of other cool things. But it can be a little overwhelming at first.
This new course from motion graphics artist Roland Hartmann (graphicINmotion) will help to introduce you to the application gently. It guides you through the whole process from first loading and setting essential preferences to rendering out your final video. And, it’s completely free.
Flags, nets, and silks can help you control lighting in a variety of ways. You can shape, cut and diffuse light, and get much more control over your images. In this great video tutorial, Jay P Morgan shows you all the tricks you can do with different flags in order to shape light in your photos.
If you want to learn more about lighting setups, here is a fantastic, comprehensive and above all fun video to help you learn. MagMod shares Trevor Dayley‘s class at WPPI 2018 where he teaches as many as 17 different lighting setups.
This video isn’t just useful for those who learn more about flash photography. Trevor is also a fantastic speaker and he shares a rather crazy memorization story to help you remember these lighting recipes. You’ll have fun watching this video and definitely learn some setups that will help you improve your photography.
I wanted to share one of the images created for a tutorial I made, and chat a bit about one of my greatest compositing tips – hair extraction. You’re welcome. But if you’re all, “Thanks for the great tip about compositing Robert!” … But that’s just not enough. I want to know more!” Then you can go buy my tutorial and help pay off my epic student loan debt ….
I’d love to have access to a massive studio space with all of the latest amenities. Who wouldn’t?
But in many cases, a living room is all you need to get the dynamic shot you’re looking for. Nearly all of my favorite studio shots were done with my Oliphant backdrops in a 10′ x 15′ room.
You might be wondering, “What if my walls are red? What if I have low ceilings? What if my carpet is burgundy?” Don’t stress — there are simple ways around all of these problems, and I’m here to walk you through them.
If you’ve ever tried to photograph a person underwater, you know how important crystal clear water is to producing usable images.
I do most of my underwater photography in Georgian Bay which is exceptionally clean and clear.
It’s also freezing cold, and far away from urban areas – which complicates the logistics required to produce a commercial photography session (it’s a 3 or 4 hour drive for me and most models, stylists, make up artists etc. and there is a window of about two weeks in August when it’s warm enough to swim without a wet suit).
However, I live right beside Lake Ontario (which is not exactly known for being clean or clear), so I thought I’d try an underwater photography session here – with easy access to talent from Toronto.
In this article I will share a few of my tips and tricks for underwater photography in murky water.
Middle grey is a term we often hear mentioned when it comes to exposure for both photography and video. But exactly what “middle grey” means often causes heated debates. So, what is middle grey? And why is it important?
As a follow up to a recent post going into the science of exposure and metering, John Hess at Filmmaker IQ goes into depth into the meaning of middle grey. He explains why different people have different numbers for what middle grey is, and why it’s important to know the difference.
If you use a camera, you most likely also use a strap with it (or at least you have it somewhere). Jordy Vandeput from Cinecom.net shows you five camera “hacks” you can pull off using nothing but the strap. He focuses on filmmaking, but photographers can rely on some of these tricks as well.